Libya, a significant oil producer in North Africa, has been mired in battle for the reason that 2011 NATO-backed rebellion that toppled longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
It’s now break up between two rival administrations: the UN-recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) primarily based in Tripoli and the eastern-based Home of Representatives allied with renegade commander Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA).
Forces preventing for Libya’s internationally recognised authorities mentioned they regained full management over Tripoli and areas across the capital after being besieged for greater than a 12 months by militias loyal to the LNA.
The UN-recognised authorities mentioned it launched an offensive on Saturday to grab the strategic metropolis of Sirte, as Haftar and his Egyptian allies proposed a ceasefire following a string of navy setbacks.
Previously months, forces loyal to GNA have wrested management of most of western Libya and elements of southeastern areas close to Tripoli. On Friday, it captured town of Tarhuna west of Tripoli and a day later entered the important thing city of Bani Walid within the nation’s northwest after Haftar forces retreated.
Sirte, the hometown of former chief Gaddafi and the final main settlement earlier than the standard boundary between Libya’s west and east, was taken by Basic Haftar’s forces just about with out a struggle in January after one in every of Libya’s myriad native militias switched sides.
Past Sirte, situated 450km (280 miles) east of Tripoli, lies the prize of Libya’s principal oil export ports, Haftar’s most vital strategic asset.
Supply: Al Jazeera